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Artist Countdown: Weird Al Yankovic Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @alyankovic

YankovicAlfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, music video director, film producer, actor, and author. Yankovic is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007), recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic’s first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single (“White & Nerdy“) were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.

Yankovic’s success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song’s original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases. He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, The Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film UHF and The Weird Al Show. He has also made guest appearances on many television shows, in addition to starring in Al TV specials on MTV.

On April 9, 2004, Yankovic’s parents were found dead in their Fallbrook, California, home, apparently the victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from their fireplace that had been recently lit. The flue was closed, which trapped the carbon monoxide gas inside the house, suffocating them. Several hours after his wife notified him of his parents’ death, Yankovic went on with his concert in Mankato, Minnesota, saying that “since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe it would work for me as well” and that it would “at least … give me a break from sobbing all the time.” Although Yankovic played the concert as planned, a scheduled meet and greet following the concert was canceled.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Eat It
2 Smells Like Nirvana
3 Fat
4 Like a Surgeon
5 White & Nerdy
6 Jurassic Park
7 You Don’t Love Me Anymore
8 Bedrock Anthem
9 Amish Paradise
10 King of Suede
11 Ricky
12 Pretty Fly for a Rabbi
13 I Lost on Jeopardy
14 Canadian Idiot
15 Gump
16 Another One Rides the Bus
17 Headline News
18 Whatever You Like
19 I Love Rocky Road
20 eBay
21 Polka Face
22 Skipper Dan
23 Craigslist
24 My Bologna
25 TMZ
26 Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies
27 CNR
28 Achy Breaky Song
29 Spy Hard
30 The Saga Begins
31 Lasagna
32 Don’t Download This Song
33 I Want a New Duck
34 It’s All About the Pentiums
35 UHF
36 Ringtone
37 Perform This Way
38 Taco Grande
39 Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me
40 I Think I’m a Clone Now